Friday, August 5, 2011

Loyola Scientist Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine professor Stephen Kahn, Ph.D., has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). Kahn, who lives in Palos Park, is vice chairman of clinical services in the Department of Pathology. He has published more than 100 studies. His current areas of research are evidence-based laboratory medicine, biomarkers of cardiac and cardiovascular disease, point-of-care testing, toxicology and automation. He is director of core laboratory operations and point-of-care, referred and toxicology testing. Kahn has been at Loyola for 33 years. He began as a fellow in 1978 and joined the faculty in 1980. "I have been very blessed through the years by the support of my family, friends, colleagues and superiors," he said. Kahn received the AACC Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. He also has received the association's Award for Outstanding Contributions through Service to the Field of Clinical Chemistry. "My real lifetime achievements are not the accomplishments I have achieved, but who I have achieved them with, and the wonderful relationships that were made," Kahn said. Kahn has held multiple positions at the local and national levels of the AACC. He has served as president of the AACC and of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB). He now chairs the joint AACC/NACB Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine Committee. He has chaired or served on numerous task forces, annual meeting organizing committees and other groups for a variety of scientific societies, including as secretary-treasurer of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. The AACC is a Washington, D.C.-based professional nonprofit association with a membership of more than 9,000 clinical chemists, pathologists, medical technologists and others in related fields. Through educational services and publications, AACC works to improve and advance clinical laboratory services to enhance public health and patient care.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.